Chief Sponsor: Timothy D. Hawkes

Senate Sponsor: Scott D. Sandall

6     Cosponsors:
7     Cheryl K. Acton
8     Carl R. Albrecht
9     Stewart E. Barlow
10     Joel K. Briscoe
11     Steve R. Christiansen
12     Jennifer Dailey-Provost
13     Steve Eliason
14     Stephen G. Handy
15     Karianne Lisonbee
Phil Lyman
Michael K. McKell
Kelly B. Miles
Jefferson Moss
Merrill F. Nelson
Lee B. Perry
Candice B. Pierucci
Val K. Potter
Tim Quinn
Angela Romero
Douglas V. Sagers
Rex P. Shipp
V. Lowry Snow
Robert M. Spendlove
Jeffrey D. Stenquist
Christine F. Watkins
Elizabeth Weight


18     General Description:
19          This bill creates the Cultural Site Stewardship Program.
20     Highlighted Provisions:
21          This bill:
22          ▸     defines terms;
23          ▸     creates the Cultural Site Stewardship Program (stewardship program) within the
24     Division of State History (division);
25          ▸     describes stewardship program objectives and activities; and
26          ▸     grants rulemaking authority to the division.
27     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
28          None

29     Other Special Clauses:
30          None
31     Utah Code Sections Affected:
32     ENACTS:
33          9-8-208, Utah Code Annotated 1953

35     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
36          Section 1. Section 9-8-208 is enacted to read:
37          9-8-208. Cultural Site Stewardship Program -- Definitions -- Creation --
38     Objectives -- Administration -- Activities.
39          (1) As used in this section:
40          (a) (i) "Cultural site" means a significant archaeological or paleontological site in the
41     state as determined by the division.
42          (ii) "Cultural site" may include a:
43          (A) site as defined in Section 9-8-302; and
44          (B) site as defined in Section 79-3-102.
45          (b) "Stewardship program" means the Cultural Site Stewardship Program created in
46     this section.
47          (c) "Vandalism" means to damage, destroy, or commit any other act that defaces or
48     harms a cultural site without the consent of the owner or appropriate governmental agency,
49     including inscribing, marking, etching, scratching, drawing, painting on, or affixing to the
50     cultural resource a mark, figure, or design.
51          (2) There is created within the division the Cultural Site Stewardship Program.
52          (3) The division shall seek to accomplish the following objectives through
53     administration of the stewardship program:
54          (a) protect cultural sites located in the state;
55          (b) increase public awareness of the significance and value of cultural sites and the
56     damage done to cultural sites by vandalism;

57          (c) discourage vandalism and the unlawful sale and trade of archaeological artifacts
58     and paleontological artifacts;
59          (d) support and encourage improved standards for investigating and researching
60     cultural sites in the state;
61          (e) promote cooperation among governmental agencies, private landowners, Native
62     American tribes, industry groups, and interested persons to protect cultural sites; and
63          (f) increase the inventory of cultural sites maintained in accordance with Subsections
64     9-8-304(2)(b) and 79-3-202(1)(m).
65          (4) The division shall:
66          (a) maintain a position to oversee the operation of the stewardship program; and
67          (b) provide administrative services to the stewardship program.
68          (5) The division shall select, train, and certify volunteers to participate in the
69     stewardship program, based on rules made by the division in accordance with Title 63G,
70     Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
71          (6) To accomplish the stewardship program's objectives, the division shall:
72          (a) enter into agreements with the entities described in Subsection (3)(e) to promote the
73     protection of cultural sites;
74          (b) establish a list of cultural sites suitable for monitoring, in cooperation with the
75     entities described in Subsection (3)(e);
76          (c) schedule periodic monitoring activities by volunteers of each cultural site included
77     on the list described in Subsection (6)(b), after obtaining approval of the landowner or
78     manager;
79          (d) establish rules, in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative
80     Rulemaking Act, for reporting vandalism of a cultural site to the appropriate authority; and
81          (e) establish programs for educating members of the public about the significance and
82     value of cultural sites and the loss to members of the public resulting from vandalism of
83     cultural sites.
84          (7) The division shall coordinate the activities of governmental agencies, private

85     landowners, and Native American tribes, as necessary, to carry out the stewardship program.
86          (8) A volunteer participating in the stewardship program may not receive
87     compensation, benefits, per diem allowance, or travel expenses for the volunteer's service.
88          (9) The division may accept gifts, grants, donations, or contributions from any source
89     to assist the division in the administration of the stewardship program.
90          (10) Nothing in this section may be construed to alter or affect the division's duties
91     under Section 9-8-404.